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- March 7, 2014

Senior Focus

J-THURSDAYS ... The Oshman Family Jewish Community Centeroffers a hot lunch and social hour followed by an engaging program on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Upcoming March programs include Peter Small as FDR (March 13) and "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears," the Irish Journey to Ellis Island (March 27). Social hour begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a speaker at 12:15 p.m. The location is Room E-104. Prices are $7 for lunch and speaker; $5 for speaker only. An eight-pack is $40 in advance. First-time participants get lunch free. For more information, contact Jennifer O'Leary at 650-223-8664 or

FAMILY CAREGIVING 101 ... Emotional health, Alzheimer's, medications and art therapy are among the topics in a series of free Family Caregiving Workshops offered monthly through June by the Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View. This month's presentation, is on Thursday, March 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., when gerontologist Alexandra Morris will discuss "Connecting to People with Alzheimer's through Compassionate Communication." RSVP to or by calling 650-289-5498.

ST. PAT'S MOCKTAILS AND DANCING ... Avenidas will toast St. Patrick's Day with "mocktails, lunch and social dancing" Monday, March 17, at 450 Bryant St. The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a suggested donation of $3 for lunch.

SENIOR CIRCUIT ... Fitness coaches at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center invite seniors to Senior Circuit, a four-week program designed for active older adults, male and female, who are looking to maintain an independent lifestyle. Beginners and experienced exercisers will use machines in the JCC's Goldman Fitness Center's Technogym, with rest in between. Senior Circuit will begin with an assessment and finish with ideas for easy follow-up workout programs that build and maintain body strength. The program is for active seniors who are new or returning to exercise, need assistance using the gym equipment, want to build community with other active seniors or need extra motivation to exercise often. The month-long, twice-weekly sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 2:30 p.m. began March 3. The cost for the four-week program is $64 for fitness-center members and $144 for nonmembers. Drop-in fees are $12 for members and $22 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Bonnie McLaughlin at or 650-223-8719.

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